Rep. Haas Honors Vaughn’s Kitchen for March Local Business Spotlight

KANKAKEE – For her March 2023 Local Business Spotlight, State Representative Jackie Haas (R-Kankakee) is recognizing a local Bourbonnais business. Rep. Haas presented a certificate to owners Joshua Vaughn and Catherine Hilgeman to recognize this small business’s importance in the community.

“Nothing says home like good food made by our neighbors,” said Rep. Haas. “Vaughn’s Kitchen serves famous alfredo and alfredo fries that bring comfort to all who dine there. They are a great family restaurant for the 79th District and Bourbonnais area and it was terrific to honor them this month. I look forward to the future plans of Chef Vaughn to make his food more accessible to our communities so we can share in his delicious recipes.”

Chef Joshua Vaughn started his career cooking dishes at home at 12 years old, since his parents worked midnight shifts and he did not like fast food. He would cook full-course meals for his sisters and parents three days out of the week. Up until four years ago, he worked at a chemical plant in Kankakee where he was exposed to dangerous chemicals, causing him to quit and find another job. Between jobs, he would cater food for friends, basketball teams, and more. Word got out about his famous homemade alfredo, grilled foods, and desserts. Vaughn went on to open a restaurant in the Northfield Square Mall in Bradley, then expanded to a larger location in Bourbonnais.

Individuals can nominate a local business in the 79th District they love by contacting Rep. Haas’ office via phone or email. Vaughn’s Kitchen can be found at its new location at 161 E. Bethel Drive in Bourbonnais, right off Route 45 behind the Dunkin Donuts. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.